I wish I had started reading this book when I was a teenager, and read it every year afterward. Foundational, impactful, truth for health and happiness.
“To trust one’s mind and to know that one is worthy of happiness is the essence of self-esteem.”
The benefit of self-esteem …. “lies not merely in the fact that it allows us to feel better but that it allows us to live better—to respond to challenges and opportunities more resourcefully and more appropriately.”
To live better, to feel worthy of happiness, to be able to respond to life’s curveballs? Sign me up!
What’s more … Branden, a psychotherapist, says:
Self-esteem—high or low—tends to be a generator of self-fulfilling prophecies.
According to Branden, the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem are:
- The Practice of Living Consciously
- The Practice of Self-Acceptance
- The Practice of Self-Responsibility
- The Practice of Self-Assertiveness
- The Practice of Living Purposefully
- The Practice of Personal Integrity
The “Sentence-Completion” and other exercises throughout the book are INCREDIBLE, making this an actionable book, not just something to warm your heart.
I went through one exercise about accepting your feelings as they are (even if you don’t like it) and had an enormous breakthrough in understanding an emotion (anxiety, fear about a situation) I’ve been dealing with deeply and continue to. I came away with a more profound understanding of who I am and what drives me. I won’t be exercising this feeling again without knowing its true depths and roots.
Go get The 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden … it’s a life-changing resource.